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Auto Dealers Join Educational Institutions to Create One of the Most Comprehensive Training Centers in the Country.

SMCDA to host kickoff event for new $15 million automotive training center

CERRITOS, Calif., Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- A unique partnership between the Southland Motor Car Dealers Association, three automotive manufacturers (Ford, Daimler-Chrysler and General Motors), Cerritos College Cerritos College is a public comprehensive community college founded in 1955 located in Norwalk, California. It was named after Rancho Los Cerritos, a ranch that served prominently in the region in the 19th century. , Michigan-based Northwood University Northwood University is a private university, with locations in many U.S. states. Northwood hosts three residential campuses in Midland, Michigan (opened in 1959), West Palm Beach, Florida (opened in 1984), and Cedar Hill, Texas (opened in 1966) as well as the University College , and Los Angeles-area high schools will be highlighted during a dinner on Thursday, January 18 at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts The Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (or CCPA) is a 154,000 square-foot entertainment and music venue located in the Cerritos Towne Center of Cerritos, California. . The evening event will launch the Southland/Cerritos Center for Transportation Technologies (SCCTT), a newly created public/private educational center on the Cerritos College campus that connects education and industry to help address the employment needs of Southern California auto dealers. Featured speakers will include Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850.  County Supervisor Don Knabe Donald R. Knabe (born October 15, 1943 in Illinois) is a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, serving the Fourth District, a crescent shaped district that covers the coastline from Marina Del Rey southward to Long Beach, and southeastern Los Angeles County to , Cerritos College President Dr. Noelia Vela vela

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 and Northwood University President Keith A. Pretty.

The SCCTT and subsequent $4.8 million capital campaign will include a $9 million renovation of the existing three-acre auto complex and a new $6 million automotive partners building that will focus on management education for the auto industry. When completed in 2009, the center will play a large role in filling the ever-changing, highly skilled employment needs of the auto industry.

"New car dealers from across Southern California have been using Cerritos College for their training needs for well over 30 years," said Todd Leutheuser, SMCDA executive director. "We are proud to partner with an innovative college that is willing to address the advanced technology training needed to work on hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles."
  Highlights of the SCCTT include:

   --   A state-of-the-art Hybrid and Alternative Fuels Training Center
   --   Three manufacturer-sponsored technician apprentice programs
   --   Bachelor's degrees in automotive management for full-time students
        and working adults through Northwood University's West Coast Program

SCCTT affiliates must continue to raise $4.8 million from private funds to help fund the $15 million expansion of the center in a unique public/private partnership.

About Cerritos College

A community college in Norwalk, Calif., Cerritos College's mission is to serve the community by building futures through learning.

About Northwood University

Northwood University, a traditional four-year private institution based in Michigan is recognized by the automotive industry for its outstanding educational programs.

About Southland Motor Car Dealers Association

SMCDA was established in 1932 and represents the majority of new car and truck dealerships in Southern Los Angeles County.

CONTACT: Todd H. Leutheuser of Southland Motor Car Dealers Association, +1-562-595-4326, or

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